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Government gives NHS extra £5.4bn funding to deal with Covid backlog

The NHS in England will get an extra £5.4bn over the next six months to respond to Covid-19 and tackle the backlog caused by the pandemic, the government has announced.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the money would go “straight to the front line” and provide treatments people were not getting quickly enough.

More than 5 million people are waiting for NHS hospital treatment in England.

The rest of the UK will get an extra £1bn in total, ministers said.

The £5.4bn, which is for England only, is broken down into:

  • £2.8bn for Covid-19 costs including infection control measures
  • £600m for day-to-day costs
  • £478m to help hospitals free up beds by discharging patients quickly and safely with community support
  • £1.5bn to help hospitals recover scheduled surgery, including £500m of capital funding.

Read more at BBC News.

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